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F1: Sergio Pérez returns to Spain after testing negative


Mexican driver Sergio Pérez of the Racing Point team during the press conference prior to the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmeló circuit, on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Mexican driver Sergio Pérez of the Racing Point team during the press conference prior to the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmeló circuit, on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

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Mexican driver Sergio Pérez will reappear at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend after testing negative for the coronavirus.

The International Automobile Federation gave the go-ahead for the Racing Point driver to return to the paddock for the race at the Montmeló circuit on the outskirts of Barcelona.

“Checo” Pérez missed the last two races at Silverstone, England, after contracting the virus when he returned to Mexico last month. He did it on a private flight to visit his mother who was hospitalized.

“I missed competing and it was hard to watch the races from the outside,” Perez said. “I was very lucky because I only had mild symptoms, so I was able to continue training and thus be ready to get back behind the wheel of the car.”

Nico Hulkenberg, the veteran German driver who replaced Pérez at Silvestone, was sidelined.

Pérez was the only F1 driver to test positive for COVID-19 after the first five races of the season.




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